An #InauguralCourt Dinner With Damon Stoudamire

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Over the years, being a blogger has brought a lot of free samples and products to test and review. It’s certainly a perk. But the ultimate is when you get invited to events where you get to meet other bloggers and celebrities and enjoy a VIP experience.

Last night, thanks to my relationship with Swiffer, my wife and I got to dine with Damon Stoudamire, the first ever draft pick of the Toronto Raptors.

Damon was there to kick off a new campaign where anyone can own a piece of the #InauguralCourt that the Raptors played on 20 years ago. You can get all the details here, but basically, all you have to do is buy $15 worth of Swiffer product at Loblaws, send in a form and you are mailed a framed piece of history.

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The dinner was held at E11even down by the ACC. I had never been so I was excited for a great meal on top of meeting a legend of the hardwood.

The food did not disappoint and neither did the conversation. It took a few cocktails, but everyone starting picking Damon’s brain on his life as a dad, opinions on the NBA and what he would like to do in the future.

Here are a few of the highlights.

  • Damon has to do his own laundry. He was very clear on this.
  • One day he would love to coach college ball. He wants to help kids achieve their goals.
  • Perfect scenario for him, he said a school like Georgia Tech.
  • He believes Phil Jackson will come down from the booth and coach the Knicks eventually.
  • Loves Andrew Wiggins growth and advises him to never come home and play for the Raps.
  • When talking Raptors, he thinks Terrance Ross is the key to their success.
  • Loves Toronto but does not think he could live in the city. Prefers the warm weather like Arizona.
  • Not a big fan of Twitter. That’s something his kids do.
  • Laughed at us all for ordering dessert. The portions were giant.

We took some photos and Damon called it a night because he had a big media day ahead. I am sure you have seen Damon all over the Toronto media.

Meeting Damon has brought on a lot of old memories watching him 20 years ago. He was so quick as the PG for the newly born Raps. He was electric and could shoot from deep. He was the first fan fave when it came to hoops in Toronto.

Photos from the night.

 

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Asking #Swifferdad Spokesman Anthony Anderson The Tough Questions

Recently I went to New York City as part of a Canadian media contingent to cover an event put on by Swiffer. The occasion was to showcase how Swiffer is supporting and standing behind all the men who clean.

There was a video launch of real dads sharing their stories, as well as a small discussion hosted by Anthony Anderson. Anderson of course is a well-known dad on and off-screen. His latest role on “Black-ish”, is where you probably know him best. That being said, “The Departed” was on while I was in my hotel room and what do you know, he was in that too.

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Want to read the #swifferdad experience from another dad? Check out Casey Palmer’s detailed take on the events of New York City. 

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It was great to network with other dad bloggers, chat about the “modern dad” movement and of course getting to have a quick sit down with the TV star.

Anthony was down-to-earth, funny and was just like any other guy there. No entourage or celeb persona. It was like chatting with a friend.

I watched and listened to all of the questions he was being asked. Mostly about fatherhood, cleaning, his acting career and so on. I wanted to stand out. I knew I was only going to get a few questions.

My first experience with Anderson was back in my teenage days. On a Saturday morning show called “Hang Time” on NBC I believe. So I knew he liked hoops.

I even referenced the show in an Instagram photo that thankfully one fan got.

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My Turn To Interview

I sat and waited my turn and finally it was my time to ask my question. Was it about being a dad? Was it about cooking on the Food Network? Nope, it was this.

I of course did follow-up with an actual question related to being a dad. But it was great to get a laugh and surprise him with a question out of nowhere.

Here is the remainder of my interview. It’s hard to hear my question. I asked – With Society always pitting moms and dads against each other when it comes to cleaning etc. do you think we will ever just reach a point where it’s just parenting?

He also asked me for my MVP pick. We agreed.

I wish there was more time to ask questions and chat. I went near the end of the list and like most media events, time gets eaten up. It was a lot of fun to get to ask the few I did. The guy is a legit dad who loves talking about his kids and his parents and how he wants to help spread the word that dads do housework and pull their weight at home.

I loved how during the session, a phone rang and Anthony called out the person in a nice but also embarrassing way. Like I said, he was just one of the guys.

Thanks to Swiffer, Citizen Relations, P&G and everyone who made the event a lot of fun.

I got to meet and chat with some other dad bloggers who I have been networking online with for months. Now there is a face to the online voice.

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“Black-ish” Star Anthony Anderson Joins Swiffer To Celebrate The Modern Dad

New Swiffer Cleaning Index Shows Roles in the Home Have Evolved! Dads Today Pitch in Two
Times More Than Their Dads Did

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CINCINNATI (April 14, 2015) – Surprisingly, stereotypes still exist about dads’ role in common household chores. That’s why Swiffer® has partnered with one of America’s favorite dads, Anthony Anderson from the television show “black-ish,” to help shed light on the perception that dads don’t handle the “dirty work” in their homes. With Anderson assisting production as the project’s creative advisor, Swiffer® today unveils its #SwifferDad docu-style video showcasing a modern perspective on the evolving roles in the home, from the perspective of real dads and their kids.

“As a working dad and husband myself – and one who cleans floors and drives the carpool – this is a story I can relate to and am excited to help tell,” said Anderson. “We cook! We clean! We do house work! What I love about the #SwifferDad campaign is that it’s about celebrating the hands-on role that most of us play – it portrays who we really are as modern dads. And the best part is that this shift to shared responsibility for chores is having a positive effect on our kids.”

Dads today are active partners, sharing cleaning and childcare responsibilities; in fact, according to the Swiffer Cleaning Index:

Americans say that dads today are pitching in with chores nearly two-times more than their dads did growing up. Roles have really evolved.

Half of dads say they do the majority of the cleaning in their home. The division of chores makes it all about teamwork in the home today.

98 percent of dads agree that having a clean home makes them happy.

These research findings are particularly compelling given recent national headlines on the topic of dads doing housework and the positive effect it has on their children – it means raising more productive daughters and heavily influencing their child’s perspective on gender equality.

“With this docu-video, we’re acknowledging the democratization of cleaning and the many dads who take a hands-on role in the home, alongside their partner,” said Kevin Wenzel, Associate Brand Director at Procter & Gamble. “We know that dads do clean! It’s great to work with Anthony to help celebrate dads and the extra moments they can enjoy with their family because cleanup is covered quickly and effectively with products like our Swiffer WetJet, a true dad favorite in the cleaning arsenal.”

To help tell the story, Swiffer and Anderson interviewed four well-known dad social influencers (and their kids) who have made a name for themselves by standing tall and proud for the changing role of dads today, including: Beau Coffron (Lunchbox Dad), Patrick Carrie (Getting Rad with Dad), Mike Johnson (Playground Dad), and Doyin Richards (Daddy Doin’ Work).

To help spread the word about the campaign, Anderson and the four #SwifferDad ambassadors are encouraging people to watch and share the #SwifferDad video, available today on Swiffer’s YouTube channel along with video of Anthony behind-the-scenes on set. In addition, people can follow @Swiffer for a chance to win a coveted Big Green Box featuring Anthony’s favorite floor cleaning tool, the Swiffer WetJet.

The Swiffer WetJet helps retire the old-fashioned mop and bucket in favor of a quick, effective tool that traps and locks dirt and grime, instead of pushing it around. The Swiffer WetJet is available for $21.99 at retailers nationwide.

For more information on the Swiffer family of products, visit www.swiffer.com, www.facebook.com/swiffer, www.twitter.com/swiffer or www.youtube.com/swifferusa.

Swiffer Launches "Dad: Behind the Clean"

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All Moved In, Time to #ManClean The Place

The timing could not have been better.

We just moved into a new place with hard wood floors as far as the eye could see. It was not dirty by any means, but could use a polish.

Thankfully, at the very same time, I was contacted to join the #ManClean movement sponsored by Swiffer.

The whole point of the campaign is to give men some much-needed cred for keeping clean around the house. Dads everywhere also love to vacuum, dust and tidy. Why hide it?

I certainly do my fair share of cleaning up after the kids.

So it was the perfect time for a package of Swiffer products to arrive at the door.

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